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Window Traverse (Esperero-Ventana Cyn)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2011
PrestonSands
Hiking15.30 Miles 5,329 AEG
Hiking15.30 Miles
5,329 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
 
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Nick and I had been talking about doing the Window for quite awhile and today we had the chance. We set up our shuttle and headed up the Ventana Trail on a chilly autumn morning. We pusched our way up the rugged canyon, first through saguaros, then oak, and finally into pines: a classic sky island experience. :) Turning onto the Esperero Trail we entered a snowy wonderland of frosted trees and hoodoo rocks. And, of course, there were incredible views of the massive Catalina range. As we approached the Window a scene of massive rock spires and snow covered pines appeared. I was in heaven and snapping photos by the score. We chilled (literally) at the Window for a few minutes before continuing east along the slopes of Window Peak. Snow conditions looked acceptable for us to summit, so we left the trail and made the fun little scramble up Window Peak. Enjoyed the view, then continued our journey on into Esperero Canyon. Esperero Canyon was especially scenic, with its huge rocks and pine-oak woodland. After a long descent we entered saguaro country again, and other hikers began to appear, signalling our proximity to civilization. We arrived back at the Sabino trailhead after a full day in the mountains, and shuttled back to my truck at Ventana. Nick went home and I went over to Mesquite Valley Growers for a much needed cactus fix. A great hike for sure, and a wonderful mini-vacation. Thanks for another awesome Catalina tour, Nick! :)

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